Advocacy for United States

What’s Happening?

The United States established its contemporary refugee resettlement and asylum system in 1980 and, in the decades that followed, developed further protection pathways for migrants, particularly for children, victims of crimes, and people from countries in grave crisis. Since the mid-2010s, the United States has resettled fewer refugees from abroad and limited access to asylum at the southern border. The Biden administration has continued this trend while increasing access to temporary protection and parole pathways.

What Must Be Done?

Refugees International is calling on the United States to end its enforcement approach to asylum at the border, strengthen its refugee resettlement program, and expand pathways to protection to additional forcibly displaced people. After arrival, asylum seekers should be given prompt ability to work and needed services and support.

Issue Brief

118th Congress: Humanitarian Engagement for Displaced Populations

Report

Mixed Blessing: Guatemalan Experiences under the New Central American Minors Program

Report

Supplementary Protection Pathways to the United States: Lessons from the Past for Today’s Humanitarian Parole Policies

Statement

Refugees International Appalled by New Biden Border Policies

Statement

Senate Border Bill is Not the Asylum Reform We Need

Statement

Biden Administration Pauses on Israel Weapons Packages a Welcome Step

Q&A

Q&A: Meet Tucson-Based Nonprofit Humane Borders

Opinion

USA Today: Palestinians in Gaza Face Mass Starvation. Only an Immediate Ceasefire will Save Them.

Opinion

Just Security: U.S. Policymakers’ Lessons from Yemen for Gaza

Advocacy Letter

150+ Organizations Stand in Solidarity with Annunciation House and Denounce Texas’ Attacks on Humanitarian Aid

Advocacy Letter

Joint Letter to Biden Administration Urging Safeguarding of U.S. Asylum Protections

Advocacy Letter

NGOs Call on DHS to Support an Expanded Work Permit Automatic Extension

Event

A Better Approach Toward Reception of People Seeking Asylum

Event

Immigration Restriction Then and Now: Re-Examining the Impact and Legacy of the 1921 and 1924 Immigration Acts

Event

Experiences of Haitian Migrants in Mexico and at the U.S. Border

Perspective

A Tale of Two Christmas Seasons at the U.S.-Mexico Border 

Commentary

Comment for the Federal Register on the Biden Administration’s Proposed Asylum Ban

Perspective

“This Cause is Personal to Every One of Us”: An Exchange with Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center

Featured Image: A Guatemalan father and daughter who are seeking asylum rest in a shelter on May 15, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. © Mario Tama/Getty Images